EAT CHEESE OR DIE
post # 1
“I don’t think I like this day
Gotta get through it anyway.
Drugs, booze, I don’t care,
I feel weird…….”
-10-96, from ‘Dred Song’
Ok, here we go! Seein’ as how this is a blog all about Rock and Roll from Wisconsin I can only start with the most infamous and underappreciated band from Wisconsin, 10-96. From Kenosha, you can get some info on who these guys were, and on what the (surviving) members are up to from this link. Together from 1983 until the probably not so untimely death of singer Dean Dirt in the late 90’s, these guys “Were told from the start that they’d never last” but their music deserves to live on forever.
To me, this band is by far the ‘punkest’ band ever to come out of Wisconsin, not just for their fuckin’ attitude, but for their totally unique and ass kicking music. 10-96 combined old school, spit in yer eye Punk Rock and Roll with balls out, break neck, shit thrashin Hard Core in a way that I have never heard from any other band. The music is chaotic, intense and fucking insane, with just enough catchy melody and humor to put it over the top into genius. I don’t know their entire discography (please enlighten me!) but i do know they released two EP’s, a split 7″, and a fuckin legendary LP, all in the mid 90’s. Check it out!
EAT CHEESE OR DIE!
Onto the specific content of this post, the Gas Bag EP from 1994. Though the recording is rough, I fucking love this record, and was super glad i found it again in a bargain bin about a year ago. I had originally obtained it upon recommendation from whoever was selling records for URBN DK at one of their shows in Chicago in 1996. At first i found this record kind of confusing and even scary, but I soon came to love the awesome drunken thrash and dirty rock sounds on it, especially the alternately crazed and melodic vocals and the crazy wailing guitar leads. Shit, not to mention the unrelenting thrashing drums. With the longest original song on here (Mental Chant) lasting a mere 71 seconds, the last 20 of which are a crazy noisecore freakout, I think this record may have been an important factor in influencing my obsession with short songs. My favorite song here is ‘Bullshit’, fuckin kick ass no bullshit punk, but all of the other songs are great and have a unique intensity in their condensed and honest composition. Fuck yeah. Oh, and the last song is a cover of the Fuck Ups.
Download 10-96 – Gas Bag EP from link below. Ten song 7″ with all cover scans in archive. I can’t find the insert, though…
Also go to this awesome blog for their essential split 7″ with Chicago’s amazing Insult To Injury.
And go to their website for more tunes and to comment…
And finally, be sure to go over to Beer City Records and purchase the digital version of the LP “No Retreat”. It is really good, and has much better recording quality than any of their other records.
Thanks to 10-96 for the tunes!
“Youth is an attitude, FUCKER!”